Published on September 3rd, 2014 | by Little Goguette
A practical guide to your visit of Florence with kids
Florence is a pure delight to visit with children ! Little Goguette tells you more about its practical aspects to help you prepare your trip in the best manner.
Florence (Firenze in Italian), the historical capital of Tuscany, is located 145 miles away from Rome ; it takes about 3 hours by car to reach the capital, and a little more for Milan. Florence is close to Pisa (43 miles, about 1 ½ hour) and Sienna (32 miles, 1 hour).
Wheels in Florence
Luckily, driving in Florence is not needed, as distances are mostly walking-distances. Furthermore, the traffic has been regulated in order to prevent noisy and polluting traffic jams, making the city even more pleasant to visit.
Consequently, if you arrive to Florence with a car (and visiting Tuscany usually requires a car), you should check with your hotel or landlord where you could park your car; several parking lots are available and safe.
The city, unlike many other ones in hilly Tuscany (like Sienna or San Quirino d’Orcia), is quite flat, making it easy to visit with a stroller.
Florence being a very touristic place, most schedules are extended and flexible. Most shops are open all week days, Saturday included, from 10 am until 7 pm, sometime later on the Thursday evening.
Regarding museums, you should pay attention to the fact that they do not share the same schedules and may be closed on very different days ; for example, one will be closed every third Monday of the month, while the other one will be closed on the second Sunday.
Markets & supermarkets
Florence has several colorful markets of fresh food, fruits and vegetables from the surrounding countryside, which allow to buy excellent food at a lesser price.
Main market s are the Sant’Ambroggio market and the Mercato Delle Cascine, the latter one being located in a huge park worth a visit. And every third Sunday of the month, la Fierucolina market sells organic food, in Piazza Santo Spirito.
Otherwise, downtown Florence mostly has bakeries and drugstores ; most supermarkets are luckily outside the historical town, the main brand to be found being « Coop ».
Restaurants : « trattoria » and « osteria » galore !
A trattoria is a typical, small, often family-run restaurant ; an osteria is closer to a brasserie, or a caterer with a small restaurant acticvity. Both offer very enjoyable and warm experiences !
Pizzas are to be found in most touristic places, but not so often in restaurants and trattorias.
Last but not least, the city is filled with exquisite gelaterias; if one is to be picked up, make it to Grom (via del campanile) !
Here a three downtown addresses that are great with kids:
· Restaurant La Posta
Next to the Ponte Vecchio, in a quiet little street, la Posta is quite classic and has a great terrasse. However, no pizza are served here !
La Posta, Via Lamberti 20 – phone : (+ 39) 055 212 701
· Trattoria Mamma Gina
A small and awfully nice trattoria located near the Arno.
Mamma Gina, Borgo San Jacopo, 37 – phone: (+39) 055 239 60 09 (closed Sunday)
· Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco
In the same street as Mamma Gina, another authentic osteria, a bit more agitated.
Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco, Borgo San Jacopo, 43 – phone: (+ 39) 055 215 706 (open every evening, and for lunch during the week-end)
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